Masur Conducts Beethoven and Bruckner

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Kurt Masur Kurt Masur (Radio France / Christophe Abramowitz)

This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic marks a homecoming for Kurt Masur, the German maestro who for eleven years served as music director of the orchestra.

During his tenure with the Philharmonic (1991-2002), Masur brought a particular expertise in German romantic music. Now 83, critics contend that his interpretations have only deepened with age, as tonight's performance of Bruckner's epic Seventh Symphony demonstrates. Sometimes referred to as the "Lyric," the Seventh is one of the composer's most serenely beautiful works, set in four spacious movements. The program opens with Beethoven's exuberant First Symphony. Masur conducts both works from memory.

Program details:

Kurt Masur, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7


Comments [3]

Roy Durso from Cocoa, FL

I first listened to WQXR when I lived in Brooklyn. NY as a teenager. They were the radio station of the NY Times. My first introduction to classical music and still listening. Birth year 1929.

Jun. 03 2010 11:01 PM
William Price

His maturity and grasp are missing from the New York scene.A long tenure with the Leipzig Gewandhaus aid and abet his obdurate tenacity in the Bruckner Symphony # 7 which he programmed often during his reign as Music Director in New York. He will not last forever but memories will abound of his interpretative longevity.

Jun. 03 2010 06:52 PM

I am sorry he is not still with us here in NY.

Jun. 03 2010 03:27 PM

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